Poets muse about the agony of a broken heart. Losing a friend hurts,
and rejection can feel like a kick in the gut.
It turns out that these expressions are more than metaphorical. When
Wake Forest University psychologist Mark Leary, PhD, investigated the linguistics
of pain, he discovered that the overlap is not a coincidence of English. Each
of the 15 languages he analyzed likened emotional pain to physical harm.
Vastag B. Scientists Find Connections in the Brain Between Physical and Emotional Pain. JAMA. 2003;290(18):2389-2390. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2389